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Single Fares & Compass Tickets

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With a single fare, you can transfer as many times as you need for up to 90 minutes. You can hop on and off for errands and as long as you make your final transfer within 90 minutes, and tap out before the expiry of your in-system time (120 minutes), you won’t need to pay for a second fare.

There are two ways to purchase single fares:

  • You can buy a Compass Ticket from a Compass Vending Machine (CVM). CVMs are located at SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express stations, 18 London Drugs locations and BC Ferries Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay terminals. You can transfer across all modes of transit with a Compass Ticket for 90 minutes.
  • You can pay cash on a bus. You can transfer to other buses with your bus transfer for 90 minutes, but you’ll need a Compass Card or Compass Ticket to transfer to SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express.

 

Remember:

  • Buses require exact coin fare if paying cash.
  • Customers paying cash on the bus (or using a FareSaver) will need to purchase an additional fare on Compass fare media if transferring from bus to rail or SeaBus.
  • SkyTrain/SeaBus Compass Vending Machines (CVMs) accept coins and bills (up to $20), as well as debit/credit cards.
  • A $5 Canada Line YVR AddFare is applicable to Stored Value trips, or single-use fares and DayPasses purchased on Compass Cards and Compass Tickets at Sea Island stations (YVR-Airport, Sea Island Centre, and Templeton), for eastbound travel beyond Sea Island.
  • Your fare is calculated from the time you enter a Fare Paid Zone and tap at a card reader, and not from the time the transit vehicle (whether using SeaBus or SkyTrain) departs the station or crosses a zone boundary.

 

Compass Tickets

  • Can be purchased for single trips, DayPasses, and West Coast Express Return Passes.
  • Must be tapped in and out on rail and SeaBus, but buses are tap in only.
  • Buses don’t dispense Compass Tickets. If you pay cash on the bus, you’ll have to buy another fare when you arrive at a SkyTrain or SeaBus station.

 

Single-Trip Compass Tickets

You’re required to purchase the correct number of zones for your journey before you travel into another zone. Compass Tickets must be tapped in and out (except on buses, which are tap in only). The fare on a single-trip Compass Ticket is charged at the cash rate.

Conveniently, you can pre-purchase a ticket for your return journey. Just remember that Compass Tickets purchased from a Compass Vending Machine expire at the end of service on the day they’re purchased, even if not tapped.

Make sure you note the time you tap in, as this marks the start of your 90-minute transfer window.

 

Upgrading your Compass Ticket with an AddFare

You’re required to purchase the correct number of zones for your journey before you travel into another zone. This can be done at Compass Vending Machines located outside the Fare Paid Zone. Note: West Coast Express fares are priced differently.

If you travel in extra zones that you haven’t paid for, you may be subject to a fare infraction ticket. The fare gates at your destination station won’t open and you’ll have to purchase an Exit Ticket (a three-zone ticket for $5.50 during peak hours and $2.75 during off-peak hours) from an Exit Ticket Machine located inside the Fare Paid Zone near the fare gates.

 

Compass DayPass Tickets

A DayPass provides unlimited transit use on all buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus for the entire service day. You can use it for travel through all zones and save money compared to buying single fares for multiple trips. You can load a DayPass on a Compass Card or purchase a Compass DayPass Ticket from a Compass Vending Machine, a Compass Retailer, or onboard BC Ferries.

Remember: Compass Tickets purchased from a Compass Vending Machine expire at the end of service on the day they’re purchased, even if not tapped. Compass DayPass Tickets purchased from a Compass Retailer or onboard BC Ferries expire 30 days after purchase. Compass Tickets must be tapped in and out (except on buses, which are tap in only).

 

Concession Fares

Eligible for HandyCard holders, seniors 65 years and older and youth 14 to 18 years with valid photo identification proving age, and children 5 to 13 years. Children under 5 years ride free when accompanied by an adult (maximum 4 children per adult).

 

Regular Fares

Type Zone Fare
Adult
1 $2.85
2 $4.10
3 $5.60
Concession
1 $1.80
2 $2.80
3 $3.80

Customers can travel across all zones for the price of a 1-Zone Fare on weekdays after 6:30 p.m. and all day Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

 

HandyDART Single Fares

All HandyDART travel is a 1-Zone fare.

Single Fares Price
1-Zone $2.85

HandyDART uses specially equipped vehicles to carry passengers with physical or cognitive disabilities who are unable to use public transit without assistance. Visit our HandyDART page to learn more.

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